Early Childhood Learning at the Museum

Project Lead

Dr Sarah Young

Project Details

‘Early Childhood Learning at the Museum’ was a collaboration between REEaCh researchers, and the Education Program Coordinator and program presenters at Museum Victoria, supported by the McCoy Seed Funding Scheme. The project explored language and concepts used in museum programs for young children, and how this learning was embedded in the early childhood curriculum after museum visits. Findings from the project illustrate key elements of education programs for young children, highlighting the importance of novel experiences through interactions with artefacts, and interactions with museum staff to support children’s concept development. The Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum opened in 2016, providing this opportunity to document children’s learning in the unique spaces, resources and expertise provided by the museum. Contact Dr Sarah Young for more information about this project.